The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season has been a bit of a beast! Check out the list-- we've had 17 named storms already....and we haven't made it to the peak of hurricane season yet! With only four names left on the list, it looks likely that we will have shift to the Greek Alphabet, which we have only done once before-- in the record breaking season of 2005.
Paulette....which formed earlier this afternoon is the most organized of the twin storms, with an explosion of convection at the core. Paulette is now the earliest 16th Atlantic named storm, forming earlier than Philippe, which developed on Sept. 17, 2005. Winds are sustained at 40mph, and the general forecast calls for moderate intensification over the next couple of days--but keeping it at tropical storm intensity.
Rene, the second storm to form today, was upgraded at 5pm. Rene now holds the title of being the earliest 17th named storm, besting Rita which formed on Sept. 18, 2005. While the sustained winds are the same as Paulette, the structure of Rene is not as impressive at the moment. The forecast does call for Rene to become a hurricane over the next couple of days.
Rene is currently impacting the Cape Verde islands, but both systems look to be mainly a maritime issue-- not posing a risk to the United States.